MUSIC enthusiasts enjoyed a rocking good time during the two-day Penang World Music Festival (PWMF).
The festival at the Quarry Park in Penang Botanic Gardens featured 12 bands from around the world as well as local artistes.
Penang Tourism Development and Culture Committee chairman Danny Law Heng Kiang said the PWMF, the third to be held, was aimed at promoting Penang as a model city for culture, art and entertainment in Malaysia.
“We hope the festival will become a platform for musicians to showcase their talents,” he said when opening the festival on Saturday.
That night’s show started with students from SMK Tunku Abdul Rahman in Nibong Tebal putting on a gamelan show complemented with awesome drums and violin showmanship.
Uzbekistan’s Oxus then gave the audience a taste of the country’s traditional music.
Nading Rhapsody from Sarawak had fans enchanted with the group’s songs.
The crowd were charmed again when Carlos DjeDje and the Protecters played their brand of reggae music.
Two-time Grammy nominee and Guinean musician N Faly Kouyate and his band Dunyakan, from West Africa, then took centre stage with their amazing dancing and singing which had the crowd on their feet.
The audience got more than just music from Kouyate as the musician delivered a social message.
“Say no to AIDS,” he bellowed as the African musicians started tossing condoms from the stage.
On Sunday, the PWMF visitors were wowed by a mind-blowing flamenco dance by the Davila Trio from Spain.
Then it was the turn of Polish singer Ewa Bulhak and the Ple Ple Band to thrill the audience, followed by a Dikir Barat performance by Sound Creative from Pasir Putih, Kelantan.
Dollu Kunita from India also had the crowd cheering with their Kachhi Ghodi Dance, a significant Rajasthani folk dance in India, and known as the dummy horse dance.
Fusion band Bulgara from Bulgaria then charmed the crowd with the harmonic beauty of Bulgarian folk songs.
Others who also performed were Mohram from Malaysia, Culture Shot from Penang, Kien Lim Canteen from Penang, Penang Temple of Fine Arts, Lin Na Guqin Arts Institute from China and Alvorada P Vermei from Brazil.
The event included art and music workshops where participants interacted with the performers.